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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000617.txt from 2001/07

From: "Ed & Carol Maurey" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] German v French
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2001 07:46:36 -0400

In 1900 the german system was commonly, but not universally, played
everywhere, even France. It has steadily disappeared everywhere but Germany
and Austria. Could the superiority if the french system be to blame? Or,
God forbid, the political and military idiocies of Germany in the first half
of the 20th Century? WW I and WW II were really bad PR for anything german.

Ed Maurey
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tony Wakefield" <>
Subject: [kl] German v French

> Traditions die hard so they say. And so it looks like the German
> clarinettists have got a fight on their hands.
> Does the German instrument really sound different from the French, or
> English or American? Or is the sound different because of German
> items like mouthpiece and ligature.
> We know that other woodwind instruments also have similar dissimilarities.
> Especially oboes and bassoons. For example, I expect a bassoonist would
> that the differences in their instruments create a different "sound". But
> don`t hear of preservation appeals from many other bassoonists, or indeed
> any musicians do we? There seems to be a general tolerance, indeed
> in colleagues appearing with different kinds of instruments.
> My opinion, which has been seen to be quite dogmatic at times, reckons
> the French clarinet will win in the end. French clarinets are at this time
> being manufactured in Germany, and it is probably fair to assume also
> fairly well advertised. It could be that the French clarinet is also
> to manufacture.
> The French "school" of playing, at least on the continent if not so much
> Britain, could also be quite well respected, enough to persuade some
> youngsters to follow that path.
> Certainly globalisation will not (in the end) help the German
> in their
> cause.
> Tony W.
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